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Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems
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Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems


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Committee Program Call - More Than Science Fiction: Three Breakthrough Energy Efficiency Programs
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern


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Metered Energy Efficiency: A New Path to Deep Energy Retrofits, Rob Harmon

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Significant innovations in energy efficiency programs often face hard to overcome structural and political obstacles. This necessitates significant and innovative public/private coordination. This program analyzes three distinct and successful programs across the country, how obstacles were overcome, and the resultant advances in energy efficiency.


Introduction by Mary Ellen Ternes of Crowe & Dunlevy and Program Sponsor
Program Moderators: Ivan Gold, Perkins Coie LLP and Craig Tighe, DLA Piper






1. Seattle City Light And The Bullitt Center: Deep Energy Savings In Commercial Office Buildings
Presenter: Rob Harmon, CEO, Energy Resource Management
This program—enabled by a novel approach by utility companies - reimbursed for energy efficiency investments and methods that were significantly above code threshold requirements The results were verifiable, provided benefits to investors, avoided false price signals to consumers, maintained utility revenues, and permitted building portfolio development at lowest capital cost. Mr. Harmon will detail the innovative utility program that makes this initiative a success.






2. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) - In California: Property Taxes Pay For Energy Efficiency Capital Investments
Presenter: Craig Tighe, DLA Piper
Energy Retrofits to commercial and residential structures provide long term benefits, but require large up front capital payments. PACE programs let municipal governments use special bond sale proceeds to pay for approved energy retrofits and recover costs through property tax mechanisms. Mr. Tighe will lay out the challenges and potential for success with this program.






3. Remote Net Metering in New York State
Presenter: Jessica Chiavara, AlterEcho
Since 2011, New York allows owners of multiple properties to treat all sites as if they have a common meter, so long as the same name appears on all utility bills, and the “host” site is non-residential. Ms. Chiavara will discuss why this program is a substantial landmark for renewable energy growth in New York State.






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Committee Program Call
FERC 101 for Environmental Lawyers

Recorded on Wednesday, February 11, 2015








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Linda L. Walsh









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EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan (CPP), guidelines under Clean Air Act section 111(d) for states to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing electric generating units, in June 2014. The CPP seeks reductions not just from these regulated units, but from throughout the interconnected power system. On February 19, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (aka, FERC), will hold the first of four technical conferences to explore the reliability, infrastructure and wholesale market issues raised by EPA’s proposal and possible compliance approaches. In advance of these technical conferences, two expert energy lawyers – Linda Williams from Hunton & Williams and Doug John from John & Hengerer— will explain what FERC is and what it does.








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Committee Program Call – Update: The Administration’s Recently Announced Efforts to Reduce Methane Emissions from the Oil & Gas Sector
Co-sponsored by Air Quality Committee
Recorded on Wednesday, February 4 2015

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Message from the Chair

The co-chairs and vice-chairs of the Committee encourage you to become actively involved in our programs and discussions and welcome you to enjoy the benefits of Committee membership. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the activities of the Committee, would like to become more involved with the projects we plan to undertake this year, or if you are interested in initiating a project not listed here.


Climate Change: Climate change continues to be a source of rapid developments in environmental law. Over the course of 2013 and 2014, EPA will propose new source performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing sources. These rulemakings will have significant impacts on the electric power generation sector and raise a number of important legal questions. There are also a range of other executive branch activities on greenhouse gases and climate change. Litigation related to these issues continues, including a recent grant of certiorari by the Supreme Court and pending cases in the D.C. Circuit and other courts of appeals.










Sustainable Development: The ABA House of Delegates recently adopted a resolution on sustainability, and a presidential-level ABA task force has been established to carry out the implementation of the resolution. The Committee will be working with the Task Force, and we will be looking for ways for our committee to support their activities. The Committee also continues to work to identify ways that lawyers can better advise clients on sustainability issues. For more information on these programs or if you have suggestions for other programs, contact our Sustainable Development Vice Chairs, Georgy Wyeth or John C. Dernbach.










Social Media: The ABA’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources has a limited number of dedicated pages for subgroups on LinkedIn, and CCSDE was selected as one of those pages. We encourage all members of the Committee to join the group on LinkedIn and to join our conversations. We post useful information and updates and have had some great exchanges of views on the page. It’s a great way to stay in touch with your colleagues and contacts in this subject area as well. If you have questions, please contact our social media vice-chair, Ruth Ivory-Moore.










Electronic Communications: The Committee will continue to regularly update this webpage with developments of interest, as well as continue sending updates to our members via the committee list serve and periodic e-mails on climate change, sustainable development and ecosystems news items. We hope this will keep our members abreast of recent developments in the field. If you have an update you would like to share with Committee members, or if you have any comments on the e-mail updates, please e-mail electronic communications vice-chairs, Elizabeth Stevens and Jameson Tweedie.










Programs and Public Service: The Committee will continue to develop excellent programming, including proposals for the Section Fall Meeting and Annual Conference on Environmental Law, regional programming, and responsive Quick Teleconferences and webinars. If you have an idea you would like to discuss, please contact our Programs Vice Chairs, Bernard Hawkins, Marisa Martin, Andrew D. Otis, and Gary Steinbauer.










Committee Newsletter: The Committee plans to publish four quarterly newsletters during the coming year. If you are interested in submitting an article or have an idea you would like to discuss, please contact our Newsletter Vice Chairs, Victor Baltera, Bill Smalling and Eric Waeckerlin.










The Year In Review: Each year, the Committee contributes a section on climate change, sustainable development, and ecosystems to the ABA SEER The Year in Review. This publication provides an excellent summary of the most significant events in the field. If you are interested in working on The Year in Review for our Committee, please contact our The Year in Review Vice Chairs, Kevin Davis, Shannon Dilley, and Misty Sims.


Recent Cases and Hot News

Recent Cases and Hot News

If you have a Hot News item that you would like posted, please sent it to Elizabeth Stevens or Jameson Tweedie.

SCOTUS declines to hear Public Trust Doctrine claims relating to GHG emissions

EPA Climate Rule Flooded with Comments

Energy Efficiency Maybe Key to Climate Change

16 U.S. Communities Recognized as Climate Action Champions

83% of Americans say Climate is Changing

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Recent Releases

Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, Second Edition

Michael B. Gerrard and Jody Freeman, Editors

This comprehensive examination of U.S. law as it relates to climate change completely updates and reconsiders material from the prior edition while adding extensive new material. Recognizing that climate change is largely an energy problem, a new section addresses energy regulation.

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Committee Information




50 State Survey –A Complimentary Supplement to Chapter 11: The State Response to Climate Change, GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND U.S. LAW, 2ND (Michael B. Gerrard and Jody Freeman, eds)

This comprehensive 602 page survey has been prepared by Kelly Nishikawa, Benjamin Lowenthal and other students at Pace Law School’s Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies, under the oversight of the Associate Director of Environmental Law Programs, Laura Jensen. This very valuable reference document accompanies Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, Second Edition (Michael B. Gerrard and Jody Freeman, eds, 2014), available online at the ABA webstore. It compiles state legislation, rules and executive orders that specifically address climate change as of the end of April 2014. It also includes a wide variety of state activities that may have an impact on greenhouse gases including legislation related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The focus of this material is to provide readers with an understanding of the range of state activity that may contribute to greenhouse gas reduction and climate change. Some types of energy efficiency, alternative fuels and renewable energy legislation (such as tax credits for hybrid vehicles) are very similar from state to state; some laws have a short duration and therefore may not be codified (such as temporary tax credits); energy legislation is being enacted at an increasing pace. As a result, not all energy efficiency, alternative fuels and renewable energy legislation and other activity in every state are included in this compilation.

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Welcome to the homepage of the Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee (CCSDE). Our committee is a cross-practice committee within the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Our goal is to make the Committee a premier source of information and a forum for discussion on the law and policies related to climate change, sustainable development, and ecosystems. The coming year will be a very exciting one in these fields and our Committee will continue to be on the forefront of new developments.

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Fisher, Emily

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Committee Events

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    2015 ABA Petroleum Marketing Attorneys' Meeting

    04/16/2015-04/17/2015
    Loews Madison Hotel
    Washington

    The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' Petroleum Marketing Committee is hosting their 2015 annual meeting and will be returning to the nation's capital!The meeting will begin with a Thursday evening dinner followed by full day of informative sessions starting Friday morning. Speakers ...

    SEER Spring Council Meeting - Lenox, MA April 24-25 2015

    04/24/2015-04/25/2015
    The Cranwell Mansion
    Lenox

    SchedulePlease note the following Spring Council Meeting schedule as you make your travel arrangements.Friday, April 24, 201512:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Lunch1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Council Meeting6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Reception/Dinner at Cranwell ResortSaturday, April 25, 20159:00 p.m. 11:30 a.m. Optional Tour: ...


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